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October 19, 2013
The story circulates how Lotus, Michiko, and Kan mastered their bending skills in their younger years.
The story starts with a young girl running barefooted and earthbending in a cave with two badgermoles reciting their movements.
Young Lotus - [Confidently] "Ha, I'm getting the hang of this."
The badgermoles make a large earth wall to block her path.
Young Lotus - "You may have disabled my sight, but that doesn't mean I can't rely on my other senses!"
Lotus' toes tic to the badgermoles' movement on the other side and smashes it to unblock her path.
Young Lotus - [Under her breath] "Almost there."
Lotus comes nose to nose with the badgermoles and reaches the opening of the cave. She picks up speed and jumps in the air and punches a hole in the wall instead.
Young Lotus - [Laughs] "Woo-Hoo, yes!"
As Lotus lands on the ground, a group of nomads cheer for her, and a nomad lady runs to hug her.
Padma - "Lotus, me and your father have never been more proud of you!"
A man rushes to hug them also.
Young Lotus - "Thanks Mom, thanks Dad."
Sen - "To think we just saw you catch a fish with just a rock yesterday."
Padma - "You didn't, Honey Pot, that was me. Remember?"
A group of nomads carry her on their shoulders and cheer.
Nomads - "Lotus! Lotus! Lotus!"
Lotus - [Confused] "What!"
Pans up to the sun
Panning down, it was a sunny day and a young girl was firebending. An elder lady and a young boy watched her while tending to her koala sheep while a sky bison was eating hay.
Mei - "More power from the heart and more ferocity."
Young Michiko - "I'm trying."
Michiko threw a few powerful kicks and punches while shortening her power.
Young Chey - [Throws fist in the air] "Awesome, Michiko!"
Mei - "Imagine trying to take down an entire army by yourself!"
Young Michiko - "Got it!"
Mei - "Now let me hear your roar!"
Michiko let out a feeble roar and a wispy amount of fire went out.
Young Michiko - "Roar?"
Mei - "That was weak, young lady, I said a ROAR!"
Michiko repeated her attack, but with a louder roar and her fire changed into a purple color.
Young Michiko - "ROAR!"
The koala sheep were startled and huddled together behind Amma and Chey while Mei smiled and nodded.
Mei - "Well done, my pupil, you have achieved the level of master firebending."
Michiko ceased her fire, wiped her forehead, and bowed.
Young Michiko - "I never would've made it without you, Aunt Mei."
Mei - "I believe you're ready."
Young Michiko - "Ready for what?"
As Michiko and Mei walk away together, the scene pans up to the sun.
The sun in the day fades to a full moon at night and pans down to an older lady, a young boy, and a younger girl, who are performing waterbending.
Mikya - "Remember to 'push and pull' the water, Kan."
Young Kan - "Isn't that what I'm doing, Mom?"
Mikya - "You are 'feeling the push', but you're not 'feeling the pull'."
Panning to the left, Kairi recites the movement with ease.
Young Kairi - [taunting] "He'll never get it, Mom. He's 'un-teachable'." [laughs]
Mikya - [sternly] "Young lady, quit teasing your brother!"
Kan stops and drops the water while bowing his head.
Young Kan - [dejected] "Face it, Mom, I'm not gonna become a great waterbender with these basic 'push and pull' movements. I need the advanced set."
Mikya - [stops her technique and bends down to reassure Kan while rubbing his shoulder] "Many people have said that, Kan, but only those who have patience and self-control can move forward. Keep at it, and you'll be fine."
Kan smiles and resumes the technique. The next night, when he takes a deep breath, Kan forces his hands up and creates a giant ice wall.
Mikya smiles in delight, and Kairi looks in awe.
Kairi - "Way to go, big bro."
Kairi gives her brother a high five, and Mikya hugs him.
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